The IRS has been caught in the act so to speak, harassing the Tea Party. The problem has been made even worse in the fact that the IRS has specifically singled out Tea Party groups across the country, demanding that they provide intrusive, personal information about their members.
The information that the IRS is demanding goes far and beyond the scope of any information that the IRS needs in order to grant tax-exempt status and violates the First Amendment.
The irony, and more likely the intentionality, here is that the IRS has targeted groups who want a smaller IRS: small government, lower taxes, and less spending.
What they are hoping for is that these citizen-led groups, which do not have extensive resources beyond their volunteers, will simply give up and say it’s not worth the hassle to exercise our constitutional right to freedom of assembly and free speech.
However, many of these groups are fighting back, and rightfully so. The ACLJ is representing nearly two-dozen Tea Party groups across the country, defending their First Amendment rights.
As I told CBN News over the weekend, we are advising these groups strategically as to what questions they should legally answer and what ones the should say, “No, this violates my First Amendment rights.”
In addition to some of the over the top questions noted in CBN’s report, like demands for the background of family members, you can see more of the absurd demands that the IRS is making of our clients here.
What is even more outrageous is that while the Obama Administration’s IRS is harassing the Tea Party, it, along with Attorney General Holder, will be educating several hundred liberal pastors on how they can participate in President Obama’s reelection campaign.
It is crucial that we stand up for the First Amendment rights of these conservative citizen-led groups against yet another constitutional overreach of the Obama Administration.
You can watch my entire interview with CBN News above and read the article here.